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Lest We Forget – Remembrance 2017

On 10th November 2017, children in years 2 – 6 gathered in the upper hall for our annual Service of Remembrance. Mr Harts led the service, ably assisted by some year 6 children who spoke about the Poppy Appeal. Year 2  and 3 classes had made some poppy wreaths which were received by 2nd Officer Wingrove and laid by the cross.

A ‘Stargazy Pie’ Harvest Breakfast

As part of their harvest learning, Year One have been focusing on the harvest of the sea. The children have readand enjoyed the story of the ‘Mousehole Cat’, and were lucky enough to watch the film version at the Plough.

The children have looked at a real mackerel and made some fabulous observational drawings and paintings. As a culmination of

A Farm Experience with Farmer Harris

Farmer Harris visited the children in Reception to explain the importance of harvest on the farm. He explained about storing food for the winter and the uses of wheat and maize. Farmer Harris brought along his tractor and enabled children to look closely at a range of products from the farm, such as silage, cow cake, a maize plant, wheat and turnips.

After his

Town Task Force on a Mission

After a very busy week of Harvest Festival celebrations and activities going on around the school, the Town Task Force delivered some heavy bags full of food donations from our families at school to the Food Bank in Town. They braved the gusty wind but rose to the challenge of delivering the food from Bluecoat Primary. The Task Force were shown

Fire Fighting Fun in Reception

A big thank you to the Torrington Fire Brigade fire fighters who gave up their own time to come and visit the Reception children as part of their learning about ‘Real Life Superheroes’. The children learnt so much about being safe. They enjoyed exploring all the equipment fire-fighters use, with special attention paid to how the hose works. The cars

Anyone for Mud Cakes?…

The children in Reception are absolutely thrilled with their fantastic new mud kitchens. They couldn’t wait to start using them and have even made potions to catch the Joker who stole their superheroes!

Research has shown that mud kitchens have great benefits for children, such as:

Creative expression and invention (mud can become anything!) Problem solving opportunities (e.g. how to make

A Chance to Quiz the Election Candidates

It was election fever on 6th June at Bluecoat C of E Primary School as a handful of pupils from the upper and lower school had the opportunity to grill candidates from four of the main political parties. The North Devon Gazette had invited the school to be part of an election feature they were running and had requested that

#schoolsjustwannahavefunds

On Friday 26th May, Bluecoat C of E Primary School joined in with the National campaign for Fairer Funding for Schools #schoolsjustwannahavefunds. Events were being held all over the country as part of the ‘National School Assembly’ to raise awareness of the significant cuts that are being proposed to school budgets.

Before everyone left school to start their half term

Year 4 River Walk

This term, year 4 have been learning about rivers. To start the topic off they visited a local stream, which runs into the River Torridge, to carry out a study. Once down at the stream the pupils carried out three tasks; a river walk to look at how different features of the stream had been formed, they measured the width

“Gute Reise!” – Diary of the Year 5 Visit to Germany

Year 5 have been studying Germany as a topic because Evanglische Grundschule, Babelsberg, Potsdam, Germany is our Global Partner.  Since September we have been learning about the language, geography, history (especially WW1/2) and the German lifestyle. We have been fortunate to Skype every fortnight with our new pen pals and have also linked this to our Literacy and Maths work

“Get me to the Church on Time!…”

“Ding dong the bells are gonna chime…”

Wedding celebrations were underway in year one as children from class 1M celebrated the ‘marriage’ of Poppy and Robin on 3rd March 2017! Freddie was a marvellous vicar, leading the ceremony. The children spent over three weeks organising the wedding; they helped to make the flowers, write the vows and prayers and everyone

Nursery Bike Day

Nursery recently enjoyed a bike day. They made a carwash and garage where they could get their bikes mended. They had to obey the stop and start signs, and stop at the zebra crossing. Rachael was the police officer and caught a few children for speeding. We hope they paid their fines!

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Harry the Hazzard Hawk Swoops into Nursery

Alfie’s mum and dad came to visit the nursery and brought along with them their stunning female Hazzard Hawk called Harry. A Hazzard Hawk is so called as it is a Common Buzzard x Harris Hawk hybrid.

During her flying visit, Harry flew outside and when she returned to Michael’s hand she got a piece of chicken as a reward.

Reception Children Visit Tamar Trading

As part of their ‘Build, Construct, Create’ topic, the Reception children went to visit Tamar Trading. They were able to watch as the paint machine mixed the colour that they had chosen. Then, they went to watch the forklift truck move piles of wood – some of them were very high up. The also watched as Pete loaded bricks onto his lorry using

‘Build, Construct, Create’…a newspaper bridge!

As part of our ‘Build, Construct, Create’ topic, Reception children learned about the Brooklyn Bridge. When it was built, some people didn’t believe it would be strong enough to hold their weight, so 21 elephants were led across to prove its strength!

The challenge was set: using only newspaper and tape, build a bridge that will hold a block or a

An Alternative Christmas

As part of the Christmas Carol Concert, year 5 took a very different look at the Christmas story and the harsh reality facing a family in Tanzania expecting a baby. The events that unfolded in the script illustrated a very different story and told of the struggles to get clean water to bathe the newborn baby. The script can be

Time for Tea?

On the afternoon of Friday 9th December, Year 6 travelled back in time; decked the hall with union flag bunting and invited their families to celebrate with them the end of World War 1 by way of a tea dance.

Throughout this term, the children have been learning about the First World War. Part of their work included learning the

A Harmonious Day in Year 3

On Monday 14th November, Year 3 had a harmony day to link in with their Peace and Harmony topic. The children have been studying global links to culture and traditions and have looked at celebrating the diversity and differences across the globe.

The day was a huge success and all the children learned a lot about the traditions in other

We Will Remember Them…

Deputy Head Ian Thomas lead a Service of Remembrance on Friday 11th November which was was attended by pupils and staff from years 2 – 6. Children from years 2 and 3 presented poppy wreaths that they had made in class. The hall filled with music and song as everyone sang ‘We will remember’ and at 11 o’clock the 2

It’s Harvest Time in Reception

Farmer Harris came to explain the importance of harvest on the farm to our Reception children. He explained about storing food for the winter and the uses of wheat and maize. They saw a real tractor and looked closely at a range of products from the farm like silage, cow cake, a maize plant, wheat and turnips!

After his visit